Director Hiroshi Okuyama

Year 2018

Lenght 75’

Country Japan

Cinematography Hiroshi Okuyama

Language Giapponese

Screenplay Hiroshi Okuyama

Music/Sound Kousuke Yanagita

Cast Yura Sato, Riki Okuma, Chad Mullane, Yuko Kibiki, Akko Tadano, Kouichi Nihei, Kenichi Akiyama, Ippei Osako, Masayasu Kitayama, Mari Hatsumi, Hinako Saeki

Subtitles English

Genre Black Comedy

New Directors Award al 66mo Festival di San Sebastian.

Yura is a young boy whose family leaves Tokyo to live with his grandmother in the snowy countryside. Not only must he fit in at a newschool, but it’s a Christian one. At first he is puzzled when he and his classmates are called to “worship,” but he gradually adjusts to his new environment. One day, in the middle of a prayer, he sees a very small Jesus appear before him. Each wish Yura makes to Jesus comes true, and he starts to have faith in the power of the Lord.

Hiroshi Okuyama (born in 1996) is a Japanese film maker, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor. He began his career as a film director when he was still in High school. He first received critical acclaim in 2014 for his Music video “GRADUATION PART Y!!!!!”which premiered at the Kyoto International Film Festival. From 2017, he focused on cinematography which led him to being nominated for various film festivals. In 2018, his short film “Tokyo 21st October” selected for Shorts Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 and other renowned film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival. In the same year, he directed his first feature film “JESUS” which won Kutxabank-New Directors Award at 66th San Sebastian Film Festival.